Cancellation of Performance
Following your voice to the stranger within
Isn’t there something uncanny about hearing your own voice, say on a recording? While the physical explanation lies in the different route taken by the sounds, there remains in this experience a certain strangeness—precisely what Begüm Erciyas attempts to capture in Voicing Pieces.
Erciyas is a choreographer and performer with a unique background: she studied molecular biology and genetics in Turkey and contemporary dance in Europe. This piece is based on research conducted in Kyoto during a 2014 residency, and, seven years later, is finally making its Japanese premiere (the inspiration came from Japan’s culture of solo karaoke!) Booths are set up in the theater for each audience member to visit in turn, alone, reading the given texts aloud and listening to their own voice as if it came from elsewhere. The audience members thus become the performers, while at the same time being their own spectators. Some may find an “other” living within themselves for the first time; their own voice may appear as the invasive voice of a stranger. As coronavirus continues to render it difficult to meet, our voices play a hugely important role in communication today. Those who experience Voicing Pieces are sure to have all kinds of realizations.
10.7 (Thu) - 10.11 (Mon)
While studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, Turkey, Erciyas became involved in various dance projects and joined [laboratuar], a performing arts research and project group. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. She was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007/08, at K3- Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg in 2009 and at the Villa Kamogawa / Goethe Institute Kyoto in 2014. Her major works include Voicing Pieces (2016), Pillow Talk (2019) and Letters from Attica (2020). Between 2022-27, she will be creator-in-residence at deSingel in Antwerp.
Concept: Begüm Erciyas
Realization: Matthias Meppelink, Begüm Erciyas
Dramaturge: Marnix Rummens
Text: Matthias Meppelink, Begüm Erciyas, Jacob Wren
Set Realization: Tim Vanhentenryk
Artistic collaboration: Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Production Management & PR: Barbara Greiner
Produced by Begüm Erciyas, Platform 0090
Tour Management: Hiros
Co-produced by: wpZimmer, STUK Leuven, Tanzfabrik Berlin/Tanznacht Research
Supported by / Residencies at: Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) , Q-O2, FrankfurtLAB, Tanzrecherche NRW, Goethe Institut - Villa Kamogawa
In co-operation with Goethe-Institut Osaka Kyoto
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin
Presented by Kyoto Experiment